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Former Head of PEGIDA Disavows Group, Apologizes to Muslims


Lutz Bachmann, former head of PEGIDA discovered that she was a racist Islamophobe and now wants to be a leader for world peace.

Here she is, profiled in the Washington Post.:

By Rick Noack

Only few months ago, nobody would have imagined that one of the most emotional pro-tolerance speeches would one day come from one of Germany’s fiercest critics of Islam and immigrants.

Yet it was Kathrin Oertel – once the leader of Germany’s anti-immigrant Pegida movement, which drew tens of thousands of supporters at its peak – who apologized to Muslims in a video message published  Thursday on Facebook.

“Those still belonging to the Pegida movement need to understand that they are advocating for the wrong cause,” she said. “Asylum seekers are blamed for our problems in Europe and Germany. However, they’re not the root cause of our struggle,” she continued before directing her words to the immigrants she had previously condemned.

“I want to apologize to all migrants and to all Muslims among them who live peacefully and are assimilated with German society, who respect our culture and laws. They are in the vast majority and most Germans overlook this fact,” Oertel said.

Oertel had first been the spokeswoman and later the head of the popular movement which shocked the world. Since last November, right-wing extremists and ordinary citizens had marched in joint weekly rallies in opposition to Muslim immigration to Germany. The weekly protests continue, though the number of supporters has dwindled.

“I feel partially responsible for a campaign of hatred we caused. I want to apologize and the only thing I can do is to help resolve those tensions,” Oertel said in the statement which appeared to have been spontaneously recorded in a car.

“To achieve peace, one needs to be ready for dialogue,” Oertel said. “That’s the only way to get rid of prejudices.” The ex-Pegida leader made clear that she was no longer fighting against Islam, but instead for “world peace,” according to her own words. “Someone needs to start to connect people,” she said — implying that she was ready to be that person. She also acknowledged that she had failed to draw huge support for the goal of world peace, so far. “We were even verbally attacked by opponents,” Oertel said, sounding honestly outraged.

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  • Capt. JB Hennessy

    Or perhaps it has something to do with this:

    “German authorities have conducted raids across the country, seizing explosives and arresting four people accused of founding a right-wing extremist group to attack mosques and housing for asylum seekers.”

    Sometimes its better to just run away before getting run over trying to stop your own car.

  • ShunTheRightWhale

    PEGIDA was a “Eintagsfliege” (lit. mayfly, meaning: being a passing fad). Much ado about nothing, generated a mouth for the ressentiments brewing at all times in the people, this week already I had to hear two hate filled arguments about refugees and what not all for taxmoney is blown up into their lazy asses…

  • Friend of Bosnia

    Some people get to see the light.

  • AJ

    I hope the Hitler guy comes along too.

  • HerrSkolly

    Yeah, Lutz Bachmann is a he but called a “she” in the introduction. I think this is about Oertel and not Bachmann at all. Either way, if sincere, this is quite good news – a prior raging enemy as a partner for peace.

  • AJ

    I don’t think our comments have been paid attention to 😉

  • sustapha

    Please read the Book of Acts and stick to what is written by Paul. That is the root of Islam.

  • mindy1

    If she is sincere I am glad she is changing for the better

  • sasboy

    I suppose hope springs eternal.

  • Rajano

    Sometimes the most effective advocates for a position are people who once held very different views. Understanding “the other side” helps a great deal in communicating the message. Lutz Bachmann, if this change of heart is genuine, might now be the most effective opponent of anti-Muslim bigotry out there.

  • JS

    Bachmann is the founder while Oertel was a former head. I think so at least, I am a bit confused as well.

  • AJ

    The intro is about Lutz Bachmann (a he), the Hitler guy, while the article is about Kathrin Oertel (a she) . I am confused.

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